By Mario Conde

Mexicans living in the United States will be able to vote for President of Mexico in 2012 even if they are not legally in the States.

The members of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad met in Guadalajara, Jalisco this month. The group is made of representatives from the United States and gives recommendations to the Mexican Government in order to improve the quality of life of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. and Canada.

Gloria Romo, who represents Calexico, said that the Institute is in full support of Mexican immigrants voting in the next presidential cycle. Romo said that they will try to motivate and recommend the Federal Mexican Government to allow Mexicans living abroad to vote for president in 2012 specially those that are here illegally and recommended to simplify the process and have voter I.D. prepared for them.

In 2006, the Mexican government allowed Mexicans in the United States to vote but there was a disappointing turnout for that election. Romo said that this time there will be a lot more promotion from the Mexican Government to encourage voting for president.

Romo also said that the State of Jalisco is already preparing to allow Mexican immigrants abroad to vote for president and are opening to have Mexican-Americans run for and assembly seat.

In other items, Romo mentioned that the commission will evaluate their scholarship programs in order to expanded and make it stronger in order to benefit students from Mexican origin. In border issues, the commission expressed their concern with the construction of the new border fence and the militarization on the border of Mexico and the United States.

Romo also said that they will ask to stop operations streamline that deports Mexicans without the option of exercising their rights in states such as Arizona and Texas. According to Romo, Arizona is the most problematic State when it comes to racism against Mexicans since there are anti-immigrants groups but said that the commission will now focus more on Arizona.

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